DOVER BEACH & OTHER POEMS is an excellent collection of the poetry that was written over a period of Arnold's life that began with the optimism of his youth, and an abiding faith in his religious thoughts. Then, in the poems that he wrote as he grew older, we find a mellowed, and more mature concept of living, brought about by the strain, the stress, and the disillusionments that he encountered as he grew older. Arnold began to question (but not reject) many of the philosophical and spiritual values he had been taught by his father. Arnold's father was a Headmaster at Rugby, whom Matthew loved and idealized.
This is a book of poetry of an higher order that you will read once, put it back on your shelf, and then, pick it up later and read it again. With subsequent readings, you will probably enjoy the mature thought and outlook upon life that this man, Matthew Arnold, developed as he grew older. Yes, I enjoy reading this book of poetry, more and more as time goes on, particularly, "Dover Beach" and "The Scholar Gypsy". I believe you will too.